Category Archives: Spirits

Rob’s Cachaca Rum Cocktail

Rob’s Cachaca Rum Cocktail

  Here’s another refreshing Simple Celebration cocktail recipe.  We love our cocktails at The Simple Celebration!! Cachaca rum originated in Brazil.  Vicki had it during her trip to Vietnam and Cambodia where it was served in every restaurant.  Bring this exotic flavor home for your next happy hour! For each drink: Half lime cut into…Continue Reading

The Panther (a.k.a. The Rhino)

The Panther (a.k.a. The Rhino)

  UPDATE:  We recently received a wonderful comment to this recipe: “May I comment, this is a stirred cocktail. If you shake it, you will bruise the spirits and over dilute the drink. 4-6 quick stirs, careful not to over incorporate the ingredients together. You want to taste a distinction in the spirits.” We went…Continue Reading

And the Favorite Cocktail Is …

And the Favorite Cocktail Is …

The Central Avenue!  At our recent Mixology Party (click here for details), we made five cocktails that the Master of Mixology, a.k.a. Skip, created.  The Master named each cocktail after a local St. Petersburg area/neighborhood (the Master is very creative).  Everyone’s favorite was The Central Avenue.  Here’s the recipe: 2 oz. vodka Black grapes (1/3…Continue Reading

“Liquid” Apple Pie – A Fabulous Fall Cocktail

“Liquid” Apple Pie – A Fabulous Fall Cocktail

Put cinnamon and apple together and you have the wonderfully warm flavors of fall.  Add some rum, and it’s a party!  This cocktail seriously tastes exactly like apple pie.  We believe the cinnamon schnapps is the key ingredient that makes it fabulous.  Make this your “signature” drink  at your next fall gathering, everyone is guaranteed…Continue Reading

Skip’s Simply Grand Vodka Gimlet

Skip’s Simply Grand Vodka Gimlet

This gimlet was the “signature” drink at our recent 200th blog party.  It has a clean, crisp, refreshing taste and started the party off with a BANG! For one cocktail: 2 oz. vodka 1 oz. Rose’s lime juice Basil leaves – torn Put vodka and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake.…Continue Reading

Simple Summertime Sangria

Simple Summertime Sangria

    “This is the best white sangria I’ve ever tasted!” exclaimed Vicki’s husband, Skip.  It’s true, this sangria recipe turned out better than we expected.  Oftentimes white sangrias are too sweet, but this is deliciously crisp and fresh.  Make a pitcher (or two) for your next summertime get together: 1 bottle dry white wine…Continue Reading

Now It’s Cool to Serve Rosé!

Now It’s Cool to Serve Rosé!

When you think of a rosé wine, you most likely think of an overly sweet wine you drank in your younger years.  Rosés have changed since those days!  Great for summertime picnics or serving at your next barbecue by the pool, rosés are a perfect ending to a hot summer day – and the price…Continue Reading

If You Like Piña Coladas …

If You Like Piña Coladas …

We do!  These are very simple to make (only three ingredients).  They follow our margarita recipe ratio:  3 – 2 – 1 To make one pitcher full: Three parts(12 oz) pineapple juice Two parts (8 oz) rum One part (4 oz) cream of coconut Pineapple garnish Fill blender with ice.  Add ingredients and pulse until…Continue Reading

Tuk Tuk Martini

Tuk Tuk Martini

While visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vicki and Skip went to dinner in a Tuk Tuk.  This is a common way for tourists to navigate the crowded, busy city. They are called “Tuk Tuk’s” because that’s the sound the motorbike makes while it pulls the cart.  What does that have to do with martinis?  Actually, nothing…Continue Reading

Grape Passion Martini

Grape Passion Martini

When most people go on vacation, they ski, sit on a beach, or visit family.  Not Vicki’s husband, Skip.  Cocktail making was the highlight of a recent vacation with friends to Costa Rica.  Skip and Bill attend a Mixology class offered at a local resort and perfected the art of muddling and measuring unique and tasty…Continue Reading

Beer 101

Beer 101

  I was recently out to dinner at a casual, outdoor eatery where one wall had a gigantic chalk board with hundreds of beers for sale categorized by type.  I had no idea there were so many types and brands of beer – and I’m Irish! Realizing my beer smarts were outdated (Michelob Light anyone?),…Continue Reading

Chambord French Martini – Cheers to 2014!

Chambord French Martini – Cheers to 2014!

Let the Chambord French Martini be your signature drink this New Year’s Eve.  It’s a wonderful way to say goodbye to the good, bad, and in-between of 2013 and welcome the new hopes and dreams of 2014! This recipe is for one drink: 1 1/2 oz Vodka 1/2 oz Chambord (black raspberry liqueur) 2 oz…Continue Reading

Creamy Moose Milk Cocktail

Creamy Moose Milk Cocktail

Moose Milk has been served at our neighborhood holiday parties for years and everyone loves them, but BEWARE –  this is a very potent cocktail and if too many are consumed, there will be consequences and repercussions!  One more word of advice, if you want to make another batch, but have run out of vodka…Continue Reading

Citron Cosmo – Cheers!

Citron Cosmo – Cheers!

One of our favorite parts of the holidays is enjoying a festive drink or two.  We recommend this cocktail not only because it looks festive and tastes great, but it is lower in calories than the original cosmo recipe.  So go ahead and eat that extra Christmas cookie without guilt! 2 parts Absolute Citron Vodka…Continue Reading

Mango and Mint Madness Martini

Since we are eating healthy this month, let’s have a healthy cocktail!  Well,  this Madness Martini may not be low in calorie, but it has healthy mango and mint, so we felt it qualified. For one cocktail: 2 oz. rum 1/2 ripe, peeled mango cut into chunks 4 mint leaves (plus two sprigs for garnish)…Continue Reading

St. Pete Sunshine Martini

St. Pete Sunshine Martini

It’s cocktail time!  Our resident mixologist, Skip, was working his magic at the bar last night for a family dinner.   By eliminating the alcohol in this recipe, his expectant daughter was able to join in the fun too! There are several steps to this recipe, but the refreshing taste is well worth the work…Continue Reading

Magnificent Manhattan on the Rocks

Magnificent Manhattan on the Rocks

Dash of bitters 1/2 oz. of sweet vermouth 2 oz. of bourbon Maraschino cherry garnish This is another cocktail from Skip.  We thought it was a very “American” drink and will help to round out your simple celebrations during this 4th of July holiday weekend. Put ice in a short cocktail glass.  Pour in alcohol…Continue Reading

3-2-1 Hit the Floor Margaritas

This Margarita recipe has been in Vicki’s husband’s (Skip) family for two generations.  It has been kept a secret this whole time until somehow Vicki convinced Skip to allow us to share it with our bloggers.  The origin of the 3-2-1 in the recipe’s title refers to the proportions of the liquids required, however, over time, it…Continue Reading